Middlesbrough will be without defender Cyrus Christie for the contest v Leeds. The Republic of Ireland international serves a one-game ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Boro’s last outing, the 1-0 win over Sunderland on November 5.
Leeds striker Caleb Ekuban is expected to return to contention for the home game after a three-month injury lay-off.
Ekuban, a summer signing from Chievo, has been sidelined since August due to a foot injury sustained in his second appearance for the club.
Winger Stuart Dallas is likely to recover from a minor problem he suffered while on international duty for Northern Irelan and boss Thomas Christiansen is expected to choose from a fully-fit squad.
Leeds have lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions and are chasing their first league win in four matches, with Middlesbrough looking to go eight matches unbeaten away from the Riverside.